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MTN SA introduces Smart Water Metering NB-IoT solution

“NB-IoT is viewed by the industry as the answer for enterprise applications in a range of different areas, from utility meters to sensor monitoring to asset-tracking. In line with our strategy to explore new enterprise markets, MTN is glad to lead the application of this new technology in Africa,” Babak Fouladi, Group Chief Technology and Information Officer, Interim SA CTO of MTN, said. “Now we’ve succeeded in the commercial trial of smart water metering, the first NB-IoT service in Africa, and  looking forward, wildlife tracking, smart farm, and smart parking etc., lots of services will be available to bring us a better connected Africa.” NB-IoT is a new technology that will extend the utilization of IoT by making it more efficient to connect objects requiring a long battery life and are located in hard to reach areas to the Internet by ways of mobile connectivity. This Low Power Wide Area technology will connect more objects to the Internet of Things. The strong growth in the NB-IoT market has motivated many analyst firms to create forecasts showing the expected numbers of connections as well as the revenue potential. Generally, the global IoT market is expected to be worth trillions of dollars by 2020, and there will be a very promising market with 450 million cellular IoT connections needed in Africa. The Smart Water Metering service from MTN will be commercially deployed in 2017. MTN and Huawei will showcase a live Smart Water Metering Demo and other IoT services at AfricaCom 2016, Cape Town, Nov 15-17.]]>

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